Pop Hits Of the 2000s
The best music of the decade distilled into a single list of 100 great songs.
The best albums of the decade for pop fans.
Top 100 Songs of 2000
Hip hop had a major influence on the music of 2000 whether it was Timbaland's sonic experiments and clever beats or Eminem's groundbreaking raps. Teen pop remained a dominant force as well whether it was Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, or the boy bands.
Top 100 Songs of 2001
A young R&B singer with an "old soul," Alicia Keys, and a new British rock band, Coldplay, made their first splash on American shores. They would soon rank among the top artists of the coming decade. Pink started the party, and she had plenty of help keeping it going among the top pop songs of 2001.
Top 100 Songs of 2002
Male rappers stood toe to toe with female divas among the top songs of 2002. A teenager named Avril Lavigne electrified the pop world singing about a boy who made things "so complicated." Shakira brought her Latin pop-rock to mainstream pop radio for the first time.
Top 100 Songs of 2003
Beyonce went solo and the Black Eyed Peas broke into the top of the charts for the first time. However, they were topped by an Atlanta based hip hop duo for the pop song of the year with a truly epic production. Justin Timberlake demonstrated he didn't need the rest of his boy band to make truly compelling pop music.
Top 100 Songs of 2004
2004 was truly the year of Usher and he topped the list of the best songs of the year. A new pop-soul band named Maroon 5 caught our attention, and Kanye West walked powerfully into the ranks of the top songs of the year.
Top 100 Songs of 2005
The first 'American Idol' demonstrated that winners from the show could produce truly enduring pop music. Fall Out Boy demonstrated that pop punk had a place on top 40 radio, and Gwen Stefani demonstrated that cheerleader rock had never really died.
Top 100 Songs of 2006
British pop at its most heartwarming and optimistic arrived in the person of Corinne Bailey Rae, and it was British pop fans who first recognized the sheer power of a song called "Crazy." Another British band made us all cry with one of the most enduring love songs of the decade.
Top 100 Songs of 2007
A group singing to us about a girl named Delilah charmed us all in 2007, while a new artist with a "Grace Kelly" obsession also made a powerful impact. Rihanna proved she could create songs likely to last for generations with "Umbrella."
Top 100 Songs of 2008
The best music of 2008 revealed controversy and emotion in ways that were truly powerful and moving. Coldplay topped the list with their most epic creation yet, while M.I.A. raised eyebrows in irresistibly catchy fashion with gunshots in the mix. Pink topped the charts with a song of marital strife that would ultimately lead to a happy ending.
Top 100 Songs of 2009
Lady Gaga went over the top and blew many of us away with the top song of 2009. Elsewhere it was truly the year of the Black Eyed Peas as they spent literally half of 2009 on the top of the pop singles chart. Miley Cyrus proved she could expand her appeal well beyond 'tween fans.
Top 100 Songs of 2010
Rap returned in full force in 2010 with a new artistic power led by veterans Kanye West and Eminem as well as a newcomer named B.o.B. One of the biggest country crossovers of all time found its way into the top 10 songs of the year signaling a re-emergence of interest in country music by pop fans.